I beaded the top section of a purchased paper mache' armature and then veneered the bottom section (which had been brushed with liquid polymer clay) with thin slices of a extruded polymer clay canes. I made this piece for a polymer clay competition in 2010 (click HERE). The extruded squares and circles represent the many stepping stones in a woman's life. The paths that turn corners and go in circles. Some cracked or broken completely; some smooth and beautiful. I struggled with the "off" proportion of the beaded top and polymered bottom. I made an extra piece for the bottom thinking I would be able to balance it out, make it work. Then I realized, there is no making it work, it is what it is. I made this piece during a friend's long and painful treatment for breast disease during which she would ask "Why?".
Monday, July 30, 2012
My interpretation of Ileen Shefferman's Tie from Leslie Dierks' book, "Creative Clay Jewelry" (1994). I made three of these polymer clay ties way back in the late 90's and still enjoy wearing them. I posted the third tie back in 2011 (click HERE). I have been searching for a reasonably priced vintage corset for quite a while and finally found one while antiquing on Saturday in Wickenburg, Arizona. Even as a prop, it is not the easiest garment to put on and off the mannequin. I cannot imagine actually having to wear one of these. Ugh.
Sunday, July 29, 2012
I couldn't leave our cactus rain stick plain so I wove some leather and added beading at the top and some feathers and pony beads at the bottom. I beaded fringe to match the strip of material and now enjoy the look and sound of our rain stick.
Saturday, July 28, 2012
Large sculptural beaded flower done in peyote stitch with a netted border. Center has Chinese Jade beads. The lower part of the flower is done in fringe stitch to suggest grass or brush.
Friday, July 27, 2012
Very cool displays at the Clothes Hound in Prescott, Arizona. Everywhere I looked, I smiled.
Shoes for dancing to those old records. Plywood shelving, walls and displays showcased the owner, Candy Hull's fun accessories, jewelry, handbags, shoes and women's apparel.
It wasn't just shopping, it was an experience. Seriously fun.
See the little red bowl to the bottom right of their window? It was kept full of fresh water for the puppies lucky enough to be shopping "The Square" in Prescott, Arizona. So, if you are in the area, stop by Candy's shop at 122 S. Montezuma in Prescott and enjoy!
Thursday, July 26, 2012
Wednesday, July 25, 2012
Tuesday, July 24, 2012
Monday, July 23, 2012
A big, bold, beautiful, beaded sculptural focal piece hung horizontally (above) or vertically (below).
Sunday, July 22, 2012
Saturday, July 21, 2012
I did a transfer of the photocopy on to polymer clay, but added a thin layer of translucent over it and baked. After it cooled, I distressed it, rubbed acrylic paint into the marks and wiped it off. I lightly buffed the entire piece, front and back. I made a herringbone necklace to hang the sterling silver hinged bail and pendant on.
Friday, July 20, 2012
I used a photo of my friend's dog "Chelsie" and photocopied and reduced it several times. I transferred it to polymer clay and then used a colored pencil to enhance the detail (top left). I baked it after adding the color pencil and sealed it with a thin coat of Magic Glos. The bottom photo shows all the transfers and images I was not happy with. Try it, you'll like it.
Tuesday, July 17, 2012
Heather Powers' new book "Jewelry Designs from Nature" is available through Amazon (click HERE). It can also be purchased in major hobby and craft stores such as Michael's Crafts, JoAnn's Fabrics and Hobby Lobby.
Hop on over to see what these talented artists have created with their Heather Powers' Humblebeads:
Also check out Heather's blog (click HERE) and
Art Bead Scene (click HERE)
Our challenge was to use the Humblebead, the inspirational picture and poem to create a nature inspired piece.
I used the tree branch and colors from the inspirational photo below, but I toned down the browns, pink and greens so Heathers' Meadowlark Pendant would shine. I used an antique silver chain as the silver light after a storm. A bough of green raffia is woven throughout the chain. The glass leaf symbolizes growth, creativity and joy.
Since the pendant easily pops in and out of the polymer clay tree bezel, I thought I would try my hand at creating another one. I like the first one better, but the below experiment was fun.
Monday, July 16, 2012
Sunday, July 15, 2012
GOT IT FIXED!! (I think)
Saturday, July 14, 2012
Labradorite, garnets, fresh water pearls, turquoise chips, chrysoprase and chalcedony in various sizes and cuts. I strung them so they would lie in graduating lengths, but find I wear them as shown in the top photo. Love the icy aqua green and the pale iridescent hues of the blue, grayish green of the labradorite.
Friday, July 13, 2012
I read an article on protective amulet garland worn in some countries to protect them against the unknown. I was inspired by the meanings behind the signs, symbols, shapes, colors and natural elements in the garlands. I went for a more contemporary interpretation of protective garland and hung slices of my polymer clay canes on a light weight chain to be worn across the chest.
Thursday, July 12, 2012
I finished section one of Judith Bertoglio-Giffen's online bead crochet workshop "African Stripes"and am starting the second section. This is the first time I am working with drops-I love the dimension they give the rope. I'm attempting to complete two at a time, but we'll see how long this lasts.
Tuesday, July 10, 2012
Monday, July 9, 2012
Sunday, July 8, 2012
Saturday, July 7, 2012
I made this necklace in 1998. I drilled some holes in the little resin toy turtles and glued in some eye hooks. Incorporating the turtles into a vintage necklace sure gave it a different look. I wore the heck out of this necklace and it is finally beginning to show the wear. It's been fun.
Thursday, July 5, 2012
I wanted to try the below pattern for the longest time. I love it. It goes well with the black cube bead crochet and Section 1 of Judith Bertoglio-Giffin's African Stripes (bottom bracelet). I'm also working on a leopard bead crochet necklace that is coming along nicely.
Above is the 6 around bead crochet pattern for the leopard print. Click on the photo for a larger view. I was not able to copy and paste the author's name, but here is the link (click HERE).